RCAF leads Canadian Armed Forces space initiatives

An artist’s concept of a satellite and receiver above Earth.
Sapphire (foreground), Canada’s first military satellite, is designed to track, identify and catalogue objects in space, including satellites and debris, within a range of 5,500 to 55,000 kilometres from Earth, and to then beam these observations to the US Space Surveillance Network. IMAGE: Submitted

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Space is an important and growing element of the global security environment, and space-based capabilities are crucial to the day-to-day activities of all Canadians.

The Canadian Armed Forces’ space-related activities are an essential component of the defence of Canada and North America, and provide support to operations worldwide. The CAF employs space-based capabilities for a range of activities including all-domain awareness, weather information, surveillance, intelligence gathering and reconnaissance, search and rescue, navigation, and global communications.

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